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“Historic, Friendly Staff, Close to Union Square... I Love It”
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Aida Hotel
Ranked #204 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Reviewed 26 June 2017

A small hotel located only a short distance from Union Square. It is full of historic ambience, from the tin-ceiling to the late 1800s/early 1900s architecture, to the collection of antique machines in the lobby. If you're into smaller interesting places... and clean and affordable accommodations, the Aida Hotel is for you. They have single and double rooms with private baths, and single and double rooms with shared bathrooms, that run at daily rates that are incredibly affordable (especially when compared to the outrageous going rates for rooms in the SF area). On every occasion I've stayed there, the staff have been friendly, courteous, and accommodating. There is a CVS drug store not forty feet from the hotel, with many of the great San Francisco attractions and shopping just a short walk away. I will be back in August and look forward to staying with them again!

Room Tip: Try to get a street-side room... a little noisier, but the exchange for the great views of the city...
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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

There are definitely some charming aspects of this motel...old architecture, antique furnishings...However, it is very outdated. My room was clean, but the rest of the hotel felt dirty. The rooms are VERY basic. Most rooms do not have their own bathroom. Also, the "breakfast" is a box of doughnuts and coffee. Cute gesture, but that is not a continental breakfast as advertised.

I found the manager of the hotel to be very accommodating and sweet, and he made me feel very comfortable and was willing to help with any concerns I had. However, the morning I checked out, I was disturbed to see the lady behind the checkout yelling at a couple who were not happy with their stay. She was extremely disrespectful to them and it was very uncomfortable. They were upset about the loud construction noises that were happening right out side of their room. I also was unable to sleep because of it. She responded saying, "it's not my problem. You could have stayed somewhere else". It was extremely unprofessional and a stark contrast to what I had experienced with the manager. I wouldn't outright rule this hotel out...(it is financially reasonable), but I won't be staying here again.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled on business
3  Thank Chelsea L
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Reviewed 24 May 2017

We only stayed here one night and it served that purpose well.
The hotel is old fashioned and the lobby area is very cute. The rooms were small and ours was only shared bathroom, these were very clean and you had a sink in your room. The bed was very small.
The best part of the hotel was the location with direct access to the metro making it easy to get to/from airport.
Coffee and doughnuts were provided.

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

I had a private room/ the bathroom and showers are common and are located at the end of the hall. Hotel wad clean and comfortable and staff was friendly and helpful. Breakfast was just coffee and donuts wish they had other options. Great location in SOMA.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

We were allocated this hotel via a tour operator's multi trip holiday in the US and came to the Aida as our last stop in San Fransisco. Be aware that a standard room is a 1970's version of "standard" in that it does not include a toilet or bathroom and that these are shared "facilities" down the corridor. Since I hadn't packed my pyjamas I paid the $30 per night "upgrade" for an OLD bathroom with toilet & shower although to be fair the bed was unexpectedly comfortable! The location is handy for the shopping centre but not a place to walk through after dark - the surrounding streets were filled with homeless, most of whom weren't bothering anyone. Others were hanging around in large groups, smoking weed on the streets and honestly, I felt a little intimidated. Almost forgot - there's some building work next to the hotel and they start 7am ish!

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

If you get the hotel Cortez reference, chances are you will find this place amazing. The more enthusiastic an AHS fan, the happier you will be. For everyone else, this is the most BASIC hotel you'll get in San Francisco. The beds are nice and springy ,providing real bounce, with bare bones rooms that have been a long long time since any renovation. super retro decor in the lobby that is actually very charming. I really liked the old man at reception who checked me in. Like much of SF, there are lots of homeless and addicts directly out the front door, which is certainly heartbreaking but, again, very AHS! I wish I had run into lady gaga in the hallway! ;-)

Stayed: September 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 December 2016

While the location, right on Market Street in the center of downtown, can't be beat, this is about as no-frills of a hotel as you can find. Unfortunately, the better part of Market Street is to the east of there, but it's just a short walk, bus or streetcar ride, as there is a lot of public transportation available both on the surface and underground. As for the room was really small with the sink in the main room and the bathroom consisting of just a shower and a toilet. The wifi was mediocre at best, the floors creaked terribly, the walls and doors paper thin (luckily there weren't many guests in my area the two nights that I stayed there) and the TV was old and only seemed to get about 8 channels. I was also facing the back where there was some construction going on which was very noisy in the mornings and afternoons. Also, they offered a free 'continental breakfast' that seemed to consist of just donuts, but luckily there are plenty of restaurants on neighboring streets. They also have a very annoying policy of not allowing guests to leave the building with room keys. While I can understand the costs involved if they're lost, it's a huge nuisance to have to keep lining up to drop off and pick up your key, particularly when the front desk is busy or the person there steps away. I would certainly consider this place overpriced in almost any other city, but in a place like San Francisco where most "inexpensive" accommodation is in old buildings like this, the alternatives are few, so if you're really just in need of a place to sleep, shower and park your stuff, and not have to share with strangers, this place will do fine.

Room Tip: lower rooms are less stairs to climb (single elevator is old, slow and scary)
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  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled solo
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Address: 1087 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103-1605
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > SoMa
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Ranked #204 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
Price Range: $100 - $253 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Aida Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 180
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